Woodstock and the surrounding areas have some local foodie events coming up in November where you can sample fantastic comfort foods for very reasonable prices!
 
First is the Annual Red Flannel Hash Supper at the Universalist Church, 7 Church Street, Woodstock on Saturday, November 2. This dinner takes places from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and no reservations are needed. Dinner is $12 for adults. In case you don’t know what red flannel hash is (we didn’t before we tried it!), it is a delicious New England traditional medley of corned beef, potatoes, onions, and beets with a few additions depending on the cook. Along with the hash, dinner includes baked beans, coleslaw, breads, sweet cucumber pickles and pie.
 
Another mouth-watering option is the First Universalist Society of Hartland Church turkey supper, also on November 2. Located at 8 Brownsville Road, the dinner will take place between 4:30 – 6:30 PM; no reservations required. For $12 adult you will enjoy a turkey supper with all the fixings including homemade pies and rolls.
 
In case you plan to be in the White River Junction area, also on November 2 there is a take-out only turkey supper with homemade pies at the White River Junction United Methodist Church. Call in your orders between 1-3 pm and pick up orders from 4-5 pm. Call 1-802-295-7091 to place your order.
 
There is a Roast Pork Dinner in Barnard hosted by the Barnard Mountainviewers Snowmobile club on Saturday, November 9 at the Barnard Town Hall. Doors open at 6:00 PM for one seating at 6:30 PM. Call Lynne at 802-234-9785 or Pam at 802-234-9223 for tickets or visit the Barnard General Store or Mills Hardware in Bethel. Reserve early for this popular event!
 
Along with delicious food you will meet the locals who are big supporters of these events. Most dinners are served family style.
 
For more local events, check out the weekly Vermont Standard newspaper’s entertainment section.

We admit it. November’s weather in Vermont can be cloudy with a chance of meatballs. It can also be sunny, frosty and invigorating!

There is much to see and do in Woodstock and the surrounding areas even in November.

First, there is the shopping. Lots of it. Woodstock is fortunate to have quaint family-owned stores and markets where you can buy all sorts of unique and unusual items. You’ll discover local artists and their art, clothing, books, gifts and crafts. You also want to taste artisan foods such as local maple syrup, maple candies and cookies, local beer, honey, mustards, barbeque sauces and salsas, etc. It’s great finding items for sale that are made in the U.S.A. — many local to Vermont.  They make fantastic holiday gifts too!

Then there is the dining. Many area restaurants have farm to table menus inspired by the season. At the Simon Pearce restaurant in Quechee there are two special dining events, a Farm to Table Thanksgiving on November 5 and a Wine Dinner featuring Austrian wines on November 15. Details and information can be found at www.simonpearce.com.

Here is a sampling of upcoming cultural events. 

The Pentangle Arts Center presents a live production of The Wizard of Oz at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 13, the Green, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this iconic film. Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 on the day of the show; $12 for children. The schedule is November 1 and 2 at 7:30PM and a 2:30 matinee on November 3.

 

For those who love Shakespeare, the National Theatre Live from London will present MacBeth starring Kenneth Branagh at the Town Hall Theatre on November 14 and 21 at 7:30PM; tickets are $20. See the best of British theatre on Woodstock’s biggest movie screen!

In addition, a special concert will take place on November 2 at the Norman Williams Library in Woodstock from 4-5:30 PM. Music at the Mezz presents Wrensong, an acapella group who perform traditional Rennaisance Music. We saw them last year and thought they were fantastic. This event is free, with donations gratefully accepted.On November 22  at 7:30 there will be a salon-style concert at the Blue Horse Inn featuring Choro Da Manha, Brazilian music at its best. This event, sponsored by Pentangle Arts, features an evening of music, wine and conversation in a delightful setting.

Billings Farm and Museum is open on weekends in November from 10-3:30 for Wagon Ride Weekends. They also have a special Thanksgiving weekend celebration on November 29, 30 and December 1 with demonstrations including cider pressing, food preserving, and history. Billings Farm also sponsors a film festival with acclaimed international films showing on November 2, 16 and 30. Information on films and tickets can be found at billingsfarm.org/filmfest.

The Woodstock Inn has a spectacular log fire in the lobby, a lovely gift shop, and a fantastic spa where you can pamper yourself before the holiday rush. They also serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner should you be here for the holiday; advance reservations required.

This is just a small sampling of all that is happening in November in and around Woodstock!

Nelson Burdick & his wife Mary of Ashaway RI spent a couple nights with us this past weekend in one of our pet friendly rooms and enjoyed their stay so much, gave us this small piece of Nelson’s artwork to say thank you. It was made from drift wood he found and handpainted. Nelson told us this was the last peice in this series he had and wanted us to have it. It now sits at the desk for all guests to enjoy. 

Woof, Pet Friendly, Dog Friendly

Some might say we’re going to the dogs…we like to call it “Pet Friendly”.

We have been surprised at the popularity of our 3 “pet friendly rooms” and also happy about it. And now we have wonderful new canine friends like Tater, Fenway and Cody. And each has enjoyed a WOOF biscut, handmade in Vermont.

So, if you’re traveling with man’s best friend…and need a comfortable “pet friendly” place to rest your head, come to Sleep Woodstock Motel…
but book early, these rooms go fast.

Today George & Sheena Reid, from Scotland, had to continue on their Vermont and New England journey. They spent three days with us and packed their days full of sites, country side, foliage and wonderful food. It was our pleasure to give them a warn comfortable bed to sleep on and pointers on what to see. They wanted to stay with us one more day, but we were completely booked.

Before they left, George shared with us a CD of his original songs, called Songs of New England. They were inspired by his trips to New England in the 80s. He also let us know that some of the songs were on YouTube. He also apolgized for the recording quality (and also did so on the CD sleeve), but we still loved them. He has find of a folksy song writer style.

You can find them on his YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkvaN0FYBMvBcBjsQU2mozw

George Reid, Songs of New England